From the border of Peru to Chachapoyas

After crossing the border we head for the town of San Ignacio before stopping for the night. We wind up staying at a small hotel and parking our bikes in a private garage behind the hotel. It’s a little unnerving at first, and the people are not giving me good vibes but then I see they are genuinely trying to help us, and we and our bikes are safe.
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The town is small, and we don’t spend much time here. We rode in late and pack up early the next day to head out.
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We make for Chachapoyas and plan to stop in Jaen to buy insurance for Peru and get some cash. But just a couple of miles out of town we run into a road block because of a major construction project on the main highway and we sit for a half hour or more. Brian gets bored. I chat up the locals and find out that some tiny insect eggs on my bike are, according to a local man, butterfly eggs. All 22 made the journey with me form Vilcabamba yesterday, which makes me smile.
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Finally we get moving and after several miles of stops and starts, heavy equipment and road in various stages of construction, we hit brand new tarmac and follow the river south.
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It’s gorgeous and green, and the valley is covered in rice terraces.
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We see rain clouds to the north over the are we rode through yesterday making me so happy we pushed through before the roads got wet and muddy again.
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Jaen is not much to look at, no offense to the residents, but I don’t expect it to be when it’s perched at a junction of two highways. Brian finds his way to the coordinates our Swiss friend, Markus, sent (thank you Markus!) saving us a lot of time.
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He gets his insurance while I buy snacks from a small tienda across the street. A young boy and girl are inside watching me and their mother opens the gate for me to come in and buy ome cold drinks and cookies. It’s already hot today. The kids are really sweet and I give them each a US coin (which I picked up in Ecuador, lol) and they do happy dances for me.
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Off we go, insured and monied, and keep riding east through Bagua Grande and further. The road follows a different river, and in places the canyon walls are not only narrow, they are overhead.
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